sam topley

sound art & craft



neonoise is an interactive piece whereby the participants touch a pompom, and then each other, to connect and make sound. Using feedback as its primary sound source, the electronic instrument has been designed to encourage play, interaction and curiosity as a method of participatory composition and improvisatory performance.

neonoise is hand crafted and has a soft, e-textile interface of conductive pompoms and plaits. Its circuitry is self-contained, battery powered and stitched within a neon pink knitted speaker.

The conductive pompoms and plaits are connected to varying points on the instrument's op-amp circuit. By touching and interacting with the pompoms, the circuit is then hacked by the body to cause irregular resistance and connections, resulting in a palette of unpredictable noise. This has been inspired by the Dirty Electronics Bed of Nails.

Listen to a sample of neonoise.

neonoise had been exhibited at the Lights of Soho, London and Always the Sun Festival, Guildford. It has also been explored within workshops at the Yamaha Music School, Surrey and Making Noise (SEND) at the Guildhall Arts Centre, Guildford.

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